Maryland is the 7th U.S. state, admitted to the Union on April 28, 1788. Its most populous city is Baltimore, and the state capitol is located in Annapolis.

LGBT Rights in Maryland: Same-sex marriage became legal in Maryland on Jan. 1, 2013, approved by 52.4 percent of voters in a ballot referendum on Nov. 6, 2012. The measure was originally passed in the Legislature and signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley on March 1, 2012. State law protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not gender identity. State law protects against hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity. State law permits any adult to petition to adopt and recognizes same-sex couples as co-parents.

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HRC infuses $1 million additional funds to fight marriage referendums in four states

Monday, August 6, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign on Monday announced a further $1 million cash infusion adding to earlier funding and significant on-the-ground work in the four states facing marriage-related ballot measures in November – Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Maryland voters would protect marriage equality law

Friday, August 3, 2012
BALTIMORE -- A majority of Maryland voters approve of marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples, according to a statewide poll released Thursday. [ Read more → ]

Maryland election officials certify same-sex marriage referendum petition

Thursday, July 12, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Maryland election officials on Tuesday officially certified a petition to prompt a November referendum on the state’s same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]

Round-up: Military benefits, Maryland opponents in debt, Spain ‘redefines’

Monday, July 2, 2012
A proposed new law would let the Army recognize the spouses of service-members for the first time ever. Anti-gay activists in Maryland collect enough signatures to force a referendum, but now they're tens of thousands of dollars in debt. And seven years after legalizing marriage equality, Spain finally lets gay and lesbian couples into the dictionary. [ Read more → ]
Same-sex marriage supporters claim they raised more money on Tuesday than the Maryland Marriage Alliance did all month.

Maryland same-sex marriage opponents report $88,000 in debt

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Opponents of Maryland’s same-sex marriage law on Monday reported that their campaign to spur a referendum on the issue is more than $88,000 in debt. [ Read more → ]

Two more pastors, two different states, advocate for the killing of gays

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Two more “men of God” -- Curtis Knapp of the New Hope Baptist Church in Seneca, Kansas, and Dennis Leatherman, pastor at the Mountain Lake Baptist Church in Oakland, Md. -- are on record as advocating for the death of gays and lesbians. [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage foes say they have signatures to put issue on Maryland ballot

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Opponents of same-sex marriage in Maryland announced Tuesday they have collected more than twice the number of signatures needed to put the state's new marriage equality law to a public vote on November’s ballot. [ Read more → ]

Majority of Maryland voters would vote in favor of same-sex marriage

Thursday, May 24, 2012
BALTIMORE – A new Public Policy Poll of Maryland voters shows a decisive majority (57 percent) would vote in favor of same-sex marriage if it's on the ballot this fall, while 37 percent would vote against. [ Read more → ]

Leaked GOP memo reveals supports for same-sex marriage

Monday, May 21, 2012
A leaked memo urges an about-face for anti-equality Republicans. A civil unions bill dies in Colorado, for now. But access to marriage expands in Rhode Island, and more new surveys confirm the ever-growing public support for equality. [ Read more → ]

Maryland high court: Same-sex couple married out of state may seek divorce

Friday, May 18, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, on Friday ruled that same-sex couples married out of state are legally permitted to seek a divorce in the state, even though Maryland does not yet permit same-sex marriages. [ Read more → ]

Civil unions close in Colorado, only a few days until N.C. votes on marriage equality

Monday, April 30, 2012
Civil unions advance in Colorado, but old foes are joining forces in Maine. There's just a few days left until North Carolina votes on an extreme constitutional amendment, and the race is getting closer and closer every day. [ Read more → ]
Dante Parrish (left) and Jason Mattison Jr.

Killer gets life in prison without parole for assault, murder of gay teen

Friday, April 13, 2012
A judge in Baltimore, Md., has sentenced Dante Parrish, 37, to life in prison without parole for the savage murder of Jason Mattison Jr., a 15-year old openly gay teen. [ Read more → ]

LGBT advocates distribute school flyers to counter anti-gay message by PFOX

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
ROCKVILLE, Md. -- A group of LGBT advocates announced Wednesday they had delivered 50,000 flyers to high school students in Montgomery County, Md., aimed at dispelling myths about what it means to be gay. [ Read more → ]

Anti-LGBT bullying contributes to suicide by Maryland teen

Sunday, April 8, 2012
GLEN BURNIE, Md. — Kenneth (“Kenny”) Wolf, a 14-year-old freshman at Old Mill High School in Millersville, Md., died Friday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center following a suicide attempt Thursday night, LGBTQ Nation has learned. [ Read more → ]
Mormon Temple in Kensington, Md.

Mormons working to overturn Maryland marriage equality law

Friday, April 6, 2012
Members of the Mormon Church in Maryland are working to overturn the state’s recently passed marriage equality law, according to an email obtained by the Washington Blade. [ Read more → ]

Maryland transgender protections bill set to die in committee

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A bill in the Maryland Legislature aimed at banning discrimination against transgender people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations is expected to die in committee on Monday, ending chances for passing it for the sixth year in a row. [ Read more → ]

Maryland gay marriage opponents launch ballot referendum petition drive

Thursday, March 15, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Opponents to the Maryland law signed by Governor Martin O'Malley last month that would give same-sex couples the right to marry, have officially begun their effort to overturn the law. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Marcel Guarnizo

Catholic Church suspends Maryland priest who denied communion to lesbian mourner

Monday, March 12, 2012
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- A Catholic priest who walked out on a funeral service last month because he was bothered by the attendance of deceased woman's openly lesbian daughter, has been placed on administrative leave by the Washington archdiocese. [ Read more → ]

Poll: Majority of Maryland voters support same-sex marriage law

Friday, March 9, 2012
A poll released Thursday shows that 52 percent of a sample of registered voters in Maryland would “definitely” or “probably” vote in favor of the state’s same-sex marriage bill in a referendum expected to be held in November. [ Read more → ]

Father ‘No communion for you!’ — Not the whole story

Sunday, March 4, 2012
By now you’ve likely heard the story of how last weekend, at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Maryland, Barbara Johnson was denied holy communion by the priest officiating at the funeral of her beloved mother -- and the story of what happened is tailor-made for people eager to prove that religion or Catholicism is evil... [ Read more → ]

Maryland Governor signs marriage equality bill into law

Thursday, March 1, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday signed the historic bill making Maryland next in line to join D.C. and six other states in recognizing same-sex marriage. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) [ Read more → ]
Marcel Guarnizo

Priest walks out on funeral over attendance of deceased woman’s lesbian daughter

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- A Catholic priest at St. John Neumann Catholic Church walked out on a funeral service two weeks ago and refused to perform the grave site ritual because he was bothered by the attendance of an openly lesbian woman -- the lesbian was the deceased woman's daughter. [ Read more → ]

Almost too many equality victories to count!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Another crazy week: Maryland’s legislature passes a marriage bill, a lawsuit widens in New Jersey, the governor of Hawaii comes out for equality, and a huge victory in a federal case against DOMA. Lately we’ve racking up so many wins, it’s getting hard to keep up. [ Read more → ]

Opponents of Maryland same-sex marriage launch effort to overturn law

Friday, February 24, 2012
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Opponents of a marriage equality bill passed in the Maryland state legislature -- which is on its way to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk for his promised signature -- have filed the necessary paperwork with the Maryland Board of Elections for a referendum petition to let Maryland voters decide the issue. [ Read more → ]

In reversal, same-sex marriage advocates playing offense

Friday, February 24, 2012
The issue of same-sex marriage has returned to the national stage in an unprecedented way as numerous states throughout the country are seeing action on the issue. [ Read more → ]
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